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3.5 

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

By Karen Joy Fowler
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler digital book - Fable

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club introduces a middle-class American family that is ordinary in every way but one in this novel that won the PEN/Faulkner Award and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.
 
Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she explains. “I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion...she was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half and I loved her as a sister.” As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence.

In We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date—a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.

“A gripping, big-hearted book...through the tender voice of her protagonist, Fowler has a lot to say about family, memory, language, science, and indeed the question of what constitutes a human being.”—Khaled Hosseini 

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502 Reviews

3.5
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Multi-layered charactersOriginal writingTwistyRealistic settingComing of ageHeartbreakingThought-provokingAnimal abuse
Anxious Face with sweat“Thus is the most thought provoking book I've ever read! I enjoyed it start to finish. The inventive metaphors laced throughout are a highlight for me. This book says so much in so little space. It truly highlights a natural instinct to love and to be loved, and the lengths we will go to for this.”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingTwistyUnpredictableImmersive settingRealistic settingThought-provoking
Characters change and growTwistyThought-provokingAnimal abuseSexual assaultViolence
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This book is a masterclass on how to write a good plot twist, that aspect of the book was flawless. The book as a whole was so enjoyable and interesting. I wish I would have spent more time with Fern, that’s not a critique on the novel, I just missed her as I myself felt that I’d lost her too.”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersEasy to readUnpredictableThought-provokingAnimal abuse

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